Interior Home Design Ideas
10 Design Tips To Bring The Outdoors Into Your Home
We all like to enjoy the outdoors, but we can’t be out there all the time. The last thing you want to do is come home to a cramped and stuffy living space with no access to the outside world. Luckily, there are loads of cool design ideas to help you bring outdoors inside. No, it’s not quite as good as being out there, but it’s the next best thing. I’ve picked out ten examples of ways to improve your living space.
1. The Natural Light
Arguably the best way to bring the outdoors into your habitat is to allow for the natural light. This means incorporating lots of windows and glass doors to give the light a chance to get into your home. You might even want to go one step further and remove windows entirely in favour of bi-fold patio doors. The choice is totally up to you, all you need to do is find a way to get light into the right areas of the house. Your choice of blinds will also compliment the light, so pick something that is bright and comforting when buying them.
2. Bright Color Scheme
Certain colour schemes lend themselves to an ‘outdoorsy’ home. Again, brightness is a big key factor here. By all means, look to paint the walls with a bright white paint scheme if you want to. If it were up to me, I’d add some greens in there to compliment the garden, along with maybe some ice blue in the bathroom. Again, this is totally up to you and what you feel will get the best out of your home. Brightening up the house will lend to more of a natural feel, though.
3. Plants & Flowers
This is an incredibly easy way of making your home feel more natural. Strategically place flowers and plants around the house as you see fit. If you work in a home office that otherwise feels dull and stuffy, put some flowers and plants in there. In the living room, plants fit perfectly on the windowsill, too. Whatever you do, don’t forget to give them the attention they need. Otherwise, you’re going to be putting up with a bunch of dying plants which definitely won’t make you feel at home!
And so, we go from the lowest-cost improvements in plants & flowers to the highest in a conservatory. Don’t let that put you off, though. Conservatories are commonly found in modern homes, and they’re packed with all sorts of benefits. The best one of all is that you can feel like you’re outside without actually dealing with the weather and nasty bugs! Conservatories might be a hefty expense, but they’ll also add a great deal to the value of your home. They look great and are fantastic places to host guests, too.
5. Nature-Inspired Furniture
One of the great ways to bring the outside into your home is to use nature-inspired furniture and floors. For example, you could invest in hand-crafted wooden chairs to replace the ones you got from Walmart all those years ago. You could decide to re-do your flooring and replace carpeting with a wooden alternative. You could even do something as small as creating makeshift coat racks from outdoor materials. It all contributes to the feel of your home.
6. Pictures and Art
Don’t underestimate the powers of pictures and art within your home. We all have pictures of some kind on our walls, and they’re there to add depth to the look of the house. The type of pictures you choose will have a direct effect on the feel of the place. Why not use this time to get creative and paint some outdoor-inspired pieces of artwork? Alternatively, find some of your favourite family pictures that involve outdoor spaces and hang them on the walls. It’s an easy way to bring the outdoors into your home without spending any money.
7. Eco-Friendly Home Products
In today’s modern world, there’s a chemical solution for everything. However, some of us like to use eco-friendly home products that aren’t so harmful to the environment and our health. OK, you’re not exactly bringing the outdoors in with this tip, but you’ll feel like you’re helping the environment all the same. Replace harmful toxic chemicals like drain unblockers for an eco-friendly alternative from local stores. Not only will you learn about using alternative methods, but you’ll be putting yourself at a reduced risk of health issues in the future.
8. New/Refurbished Windows
If you’re finding that you can’t get the most out of your windows at present, it might be time to think about changing them. You’re not going to be able to get an outdoors feel without windows that function as intended. When moisture builds up inside the panels of your windows, they start to deteriorate. At this point, their insulation effectiveness will suffer, as will the ability to see out of them. The same consideration goes for those bi-fold doors I mentioned earlier. If they’re starting to suffer, look at obtaining replacement components from Debar or a similar company.
9. Outdoor Garden Ornaments
Just because they’re outdoor garden ornaments, it doesn’t mean you can’t bring them indoors! If you’ve got a conservatory, this is a great place to put all sorts of ornaments. My favourite is a mini-fountain. Alternatively, you could put them by your front door, in your living space or even in the bathroom! The key is to separate them throughout the house in order to make each room feel natural and inspired by the outdoors.
10. Install Solar Lights Outside
No, you don’t want to put solar lights indoors. However, one of the best ways to get the most out of your garden at night is to incorporate solar lights outside. During the day, they’ll work their magic. At night, they’ll light up your garden, providing you with a welcoming view that helps you to get the best out of your garden 24/7. I love these huge light balls, you’ll find as well square ones if you’d prefer that. Even at night, your outdoor space will be able to shine through into your living room.
Have you found any better tips on bringing outdoors inside? Tell us about!
Cheers, Klaudia xx